In an effort to enroll a more diverse group of students and satisfy an accrediting agency’s mandate, two doctors have stepped into new jobs at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
Dr. Jonathan G. Scammell, professor and chair of the department of comparative medicine at USA, was appointed assistant dean for admissions. He is tasked with leading an effort to review and modify admissions policies and practices toward a goal of admitting a diverse group of students who will successfully enter the practice of medicine, said Dr. Samuel Strada, dean of USA’s College of Medicine.
“There’s a lot of competition for the top students so I just thought we needed additional help for that,” Strada said. “Dr. Scammell has had a lot of experience with admissions. I thought it would strengthen our program.”
A new Office for Diversity and Cultural Competence also was created this month and is being led by Dr. Johnson Haynes, a new assistant dean and professor of internal medicine at USA.